Holiday Reminders

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'Tis the season to go green,
our environment we must keep clean!

Disposable bags, we should minimize their use,
Canvas is better to reduce and reuse.

Let's recycle our metal, glass, paper and plastic
The results achieved will be super fantastic!

As we celebrate this season's holiday cheer,
Let's remember to make 2013 an earth friendly year!


Will there be trash and recycle service on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day?

YES.  The City of Mesa provides regular collection service on all holidays.  Residents should have their barrels at the curb by 6 a.m.  


Are gift bags, tissue paper and wrapping paper recyclable?

NO.  These items are often dyed, laminated and/or contain non-paper additives such as gold and silver colored shapes, glitter, etc. which cannot be recycled.  Also, tissue paper and some wrapping paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibers suitable for recycling.

Are holiday decorations recyclable?

No.  Please do not place holiday decorations, such as lights and ornaments, in your recycle barrel.  They are not accepted in Mesa's recycling program and should be disposed of in a different manner.


Because of the holidays, I generated more recyclables than I can fit into my blue barrel and/or have large boxes to recycle.  What can I do?

The City of Mesa offers three public recycling drop-off centers throughout the city that are open 24/7.  Recycling containers are on-site for guests to drop-off their extra recyclables and large bins are available for the recycling of cardboard, suitable for large boxes that can't fit into the blue barrel. Find the nearest location>>>


What can I do to make my holiday season environmentally friendly?


Don't forget to recycle your tree...

The City of Mesa offers numerous options for residents to recycle their trees after the holiday season.  Learn more>>>


What kind of tree should I purchase?

It's really a personal choice but here are a few pros and cons for the most popular options.

Artificial Tree:
Pro: Can be reused for many years and fire dangers can be minimized.
Con: It's a petroleum based product and will be landfilled at the end of its lifecycle.

Living Tree:
Pro: Can be transplanted outdoors once the holiday season is over.
Con: According to, less than 1 in 10 living Christmas trees survive due to potential physiological damage caused when kept indoors.

Fresh cut tree:
Pro: Most fresh cut trees are farmed specifically to be Christmas trees and are typically a low-pesticide crop.
Con: Excess fuel consumption to transport tree and can become a potential fire hazard once it dries out.


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Solid Waste Management Department

Customer Service
(480) 644-2221

Department Managers

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Office Hours:
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Fridays & holidays


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